Research Expertise and Interest

health economics, environmental economics

Research Description

Michael Anderson received his B.A. in Economics from Swarthmore College and his Ph.D. in Economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research interests include the areas of transportation economics, environmental economics, health economics, and applied econometrics, especially relating to questions of causal inference.

In the News

Crowd-sourced online reviews help fill restaurant seats, study finds

A new study by UC Berkeley economists analyzed restaurant ratings on and found that, on a scale of 1 to 5, a half-star rating increase translates into a 19 percent greater likelihood that an eatery’s seats will be full during peak dining times. The study, published this month in the Economic Journal, found that the increase is independent of changes in price or in food and service quality.

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